Boris Said Daytona Shootout preview

2002 Trans-Am Champion Boris Said enters NASCAR's Budweiser Shootout; hopes to compete in 2004 Motorock Trans-Am Tour. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 21, 2004) -- 2002 Motorock Trans-Am Tour Drivers' Champion Boris Said will compete in the Budweiser...

2002 Trans-Am Champion Boris Said enters NASCAR's Budweiser Shootout; hopes to compete in 2004 Motorock Trans-Am Tour.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 21, 2004) -- 2002 Motorock Trans-Am Tour Drivers' Champion Boris Said will compete in the Budweiser Shootout NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Daytona Int'l Speedway on Feb. 7. Said, who won one race and earned three runner-up finishes in four 2003 Trans-Am Tour starts, will drive the No. 01 Chevrolet Monte Carlo fielded by MB2 Motorsports in the non-points, all-star race at the 2.5-mile superspeedway.

Said earned the right to compete in the Shootout, an event open to 2003 NEXTEL Cup pole winners and former Shootout victors, by winning the pole, his first in NASCAR competition, at Infineon Raceway last June. Interestingly, Said led a trio of Trans-Am graduates in the top-three qualifying positions at Infineon. Robby Gordon qualified second, while Ron Fellows started third.

"Driving on a superspeedway is probably the most different thing I've ever done," said Said. "Last month I went down and tested at Daytona, ran in the draft, and it was really cool. I'm really excited.

"I hope to run in Trans-Am this year," added Said. "Trans-Am cars are my favorite cars to drive and it would be a shame if I couldn't compete there this year."

The Budweiser Shootout will be held under the lights at Daytona, and kicks off the 2004 NEXTEL Cup Series season.

The Motorock Trans-Am Tour features closed-fendered, production-based, V-8-powered sports cars, competing on permanent road courses, and temporary street and airport circuits throughout North America. The Trans-Am Tour is America's oldest continuously running road racing series and celebrates its 39th anniversary in 2004.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup , Trans-Am
Drivers Boris Said , Robby Gordon , Ron Fellows